Join us as we delve into the world of chronometers – a man’s wrist watch to be precise, on our quest to find some of the best men’s watches the world has to offer.
But first, let’s address the elephant in the room, does the wrist watch have a place in this digital age or is it a dying breed?
Well, the short version is, a man’s watch is a subtle style statement and adds an element of status to any outfit, no matter how draconian the dressing policies maybe.
The wrist watch isn’t just a mechanical contraption you tote around on your arm but a piece that perfectly blends fashion and function.
I don’t believe there’s any other accessory in the men’s category that has inspired such a big devotion, interest and amassed a huge following like a man’s watch.
Now that that’s settled, you’re here because you’ve had enough of those cheesy Patek Philippe ads and decided to pay the piper.
But the problem is, where do you even start when there is wide variety of working mechanisms, brands, and styles? How do you choose between quartz and Swiss movement, sapphire and Plexiglas crystals, Rolex and Longines?
Fortunately, you don’t have to. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you. We’ve reviewed some of the best men’s watches from some of the world’s leading watchmakers.
Whether you’re looking to add one more time piece to your collection or are looking for the perfect engagement gift for him, you can count on the following watches to leave a lasting impression.
Table of Contents
- 1 14 Best Mens Watches: Reviews & Recomendations
- 1.1 Audemars Piguet’s New Royal Oak ref 15500ST
- 1.2 Fossil Q’s Explorist
- 1.3 Sekford Watches Type 1A
- 1.4 Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Watch
- 1.5 Balmer E-Type Chronograph Men’s Watch
- 1.6 Invicta Pro Diver
- 1.7 Apple Watch Series 4
- 1.8 Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Automatic Men’s Watch
- 1.9 Bell and Ross Aviation Men’s Automatic Watch
- 1.10 Mont Blanc 1858 Blue Dial Blue Leather Men’s Watch
- 1.11 Jaeger LeCoultre Ultra-thin watch
- 1.12 Rolex Yacht Master II Men’s Watch
- 1.13 Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton
- 1.14 Longines Black Dial HydroConquest Automatic
- 2 Top 3 Tips for buying a watch Online
14 Best Mens Watches: Reviews & Recomendations
- Audemars Piguet’s New Royal Oak ref 15500ST
- Fossil Q’s Explorist
- Sekford Watches Type 1A
- Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Watch
- Balmer E-Type Chronograph Men’s Watch
- Invicta Pro Diver
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Automatic Men’s Watch
- Bell and Ross Aviation Men’s Automatic Watch (BR 03-92)
- Mont Blanc 1858 Blue Dial Blue Leather Men’s Watch
- Jaeger LeCoultre Ultra-thin watch (Q1368420)
- Rolex Yacht Master II Men’s Watch
- Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton
- Longines Black Dial HydroConquest Automatic L3.6188.8.131.52
Audemars Piguet’s New Royal Oak ref 15500ST
At the SIHH 2019, Audemars Piguet debuted their new royal oak self-winding 41 mm watch. A very much welcome refresh of the ref 15400 with a newly positioned date window, a new dial and several other upgrades.
In case you aren’t familiar with Audemars Piguet, let me catch you up. They are world renowned, family owned luxury watch manufacturer that began in 1875 n Le Brassus, Switzerland.
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak line propelled the brand to greater heights accounting for their 40,000 plus annual sales.
Though the Royal oak line was launched back in the early 70s its continued success has allowed the brand to sponsor art even, participate in conservation efforts and even endorse top golfers.
The company’s slogan is:
“To break the rules, you must first master them”
The 41mm self-winding royal oak is a byproduct of quality craftsmanship perfected for close to 150 years since their inception.
With its skeleton golden rotor, geneva stripes and polished bevels, it’s easy to why this one of a kind time piece deserves a space on your arm.
Audemars PIguet’s new royal oak oozes elegance and sophistication and top our list as one of the best men’s watches.
- Incorporation the new caliber 4302 movement mechanism
- 70 hours of power reserve time
- We hoped for a much larger case diameter than 41mm
- It’s thicker by a few mm
Fossil Q’s Explorist
If you’re in the market for something the blends form, function and style then you’ll love Fossil’s Explorist.
The Explorist combines classical styles with the latest technology making it one of the best men’s digital watches on the market.
That’s right folks, a smart watch. But this isn’t your typical bulky attention-seeking smart watch.
The Explorist is a classical styled elegant smartwatch with its superbly crafted stainless steel masculine edges and excellent build quality.
Under the hood, you can harness the power of Android wear 2.0 that pairs to your phone via an app available for both iOS and Android.
It’s worth noting that the Explorist isn’t a fully-fledged fitness tracker. It doesn’t have a heart rate sensor and a GPS tracker but there’s no need to fret, it does have some other useful features.
It allows you to track the number of calories burned, steps taken, set goals and record your workout sessions.
And thanks to its IP67 rating, you can take it to the shower or go for a short swim.
However, the Explorist battery life isn’t the best and you may need to carry your charger with you if you intend to use it as a daily driver.
It’s no apple watch, but if you can look beyond the caveats we’ve mentioned its stylish android smartwatch and at its price (under $200), it’s worth considering.
- Subtle smartwatch design
- IP67 waterproof rating
- We wished it had a heart rate sensor
- It doesn’t have a GPS tracker
Sekford Watches Type 1A
Sekford is a British brand to the core. In fact, its named after a street in London with rich history of watchmaking, Clerkenwell.
The engraving on English pocket watches inspired the design of the Type 1a Sekford men’s watch.
From its gold-plated typography, to its dome-shaped mineral glass crystal, to its stainless steel encasing; the Type 1a oozes confidence and style with its minimalistic design.
The Sekford Type 1a is classically British with its clean edges red leather straps sourced from one of the oldest tanneries in Derbyshire.
- Classical style in a minimalistic form factor
- We would have preferred a much larger typograph
Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Watch
Our next contender is for the gentleman who fancies the rugged look having been inspired the vintage military watch look.
The Timex expedition field chronograph watch was built for the man who works or loves to play outside.
The Timex expedition men’s watch tries to maintains classical outdoor watch design while upgrading its chronographic functionality.
It comes with a scratch-resistant mineral glass cover, water resistance proofing for up to a 100 meters and a 10-year battery life to boot.
You also get a variety of strap options, from fabric to leather all of which are durable and built to withstand extreme weather changes. And thanks to its Indiglo night-light, you’ll be able to tell the time in the dark with ease.
- It’s durable and can withstand years of abuse
- 10-year battery life
- Indiglo night-light for low light settings
- Chronograph hand doesn’t seem to line up properly
Balmer E-Type Chronograph Men’s Watch
Our next contender is an elegant, uniquely sporty Swiss chronograph; the Balmer E-Type.
It was so-named after the acclaimed Jaguar E-type renowned for its 14 consecutive records between the 60s and 70s.
The Balmer E-types is an attempt to fuse the luxurious experience behind the Jaguar E-type and the adrenaline rush of the race track.
The balmer premium luxury sport watch was made for the sophisticated man who’s looking for something timeless.
From its alligator grain leather, to its delicate sapphire crystals, to its sturdy stainless steel encasing; the balmer spared no expense in the construction of the balmer E-type men’s watch.
For a watch with a rich racing pedigree but subtle enough for any attire, the balmer E-types has earned its spot on our best men’s watch list.
- Comfortable and stylish alligator grain leather straps
- Excellent low light legibility
- Limited variety of straps
Invicta Pro Diver
Coming from a company whose main mission is to advance and perfect, the Invicta Pro Diver watch redefines classical styling. The Invicta was built to offer great performance no matter the adventure.
The watch comes with a 40mm thick superbly polished stainless steel framework meticulously crafted to perfection.
Its comes with an analog display with a mineral display which contrasts nicely with durable triple link stainless steel bracelet.
Checking the time – even in low light, couldn’t be easier thanks to the black dial, magnified date window, luminous hour markers and hands.
Under the hood is a skeletonized Japanese automatic movement mechanism which is visible thanks to its exhibition back case.
Being a self-winding watch, the Invicta pro driver utilizes kinetic energy to function. Everything from the swing of your hands to the stride of you walks provides the required energy for it to function.
With a 200m water resistance depth, means that the Invicta Pro Diver can handle more than a few splashes.
From its exceptional construction, to its bold movement design; the Invicta Pro was built to satisfy a diverse range of tastes making on the best watches for men on our list.
- The magnified date window is an excellent touch
- 200 m water resistance level
- Customer reviews consistently point to poor customer service
Apple Watch Series 4
The apple watch series 4 is a next-generation smartwatch with a bigger screen, slimmer design and a better heart rate sensor.
The Apple’s series 4 watch was unveiled alongside its iPhone XS Max features significant improvements of its predecessor the apple watch series 3.
Among the smartwatch’s upgrades include a haptic feedback, a battery upgrade and a speaker that is 50% louder.
What’s more, the series 4 is the first Apple watch in its line to feature fall detection which allows you to call EMS should you have a hard fall.
Apple claims the smartwatch will give you 18 hours of use time on a single charge but is largely dependent on the user.
Having said that, the real meat and potatoes of the series 4 apple watch is in its health features.
Apples smart watch comes with electrodes embedded in the digital crown which allows the ECG app read your heart rate.
In roughly 30 seconds of touching the crown the ECG app can generate a chart that can provide vital information to doctors.
From detecting atrial fibrillation to a sinus rhythm, the apple watch series 4 smartwatch packs a punch for device with a small form factor.
The variety of health features packed in this smartwatch makes it stand out among some of the best men’s watches.
- Fall detection and emergency SOS
- 18-hour battery life
- Water resistance for up to 50 m
Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Automatic Men’s Watch
The Vacheron Constantin men’s watch stands a cut above the rest being one of the most unique watches ever made. Its boundary-breaking design makes it one of the most sought after self-winding watch.
Imagine being able to tell the time in 37 different time zones from a single watch – that’s the power the Vacheron Constantin overseas world time watch gives its wearers.
Each of the time zones, offset by 15 and 30 minutes are labelled on it as well as the names of the 37 cities it can tell time on.
With a 150-meter water resistance rating, the Vacheron men’s watch can be taken to the shower and pool making it a versatile piece for any occasion.
As for customization options, it comes with three dial choices – red, yellow, and left to right, designed for most styles.
The Vacheron is surrounded by a translucent lacquered-velvet finish help in place with a unique stainless steel bracelet. The bracelet exudes quality craftsmanship finely brushed and meticulously polished with satin.
You do get a variety of bracelet options including leather or rubber straps. But we recommend the stainless steel bracelets which firmly secures the watch on your wrist with its stainless steel clasps and fold-over closure.
For allowing us to check time in 37 different cities, the Vacheron Constantin has firmly secured its place on our best men’s watches list.
- 40-hour battery reserve
- Water resistant for up to 150 m
- Expensive price tag
Bell and Ross Aviation Men’s Automatic Watch
Like most Bell & Ross timepieces, each new model sticks to a theme considering that most of the changes in this man’s watch are the straps, hands and dials.
The BR 03-92 men’s watch design was achieved by a blend in the look of vintage cockpit instruments and the modern day cockpit.
This watch sports a matte black ceramic case which looks a lot like PVD- coated steel but in ceramic making it scratch resistant. It measures 42 by 42 mm and is quite slim at 11mm.
Its water resistance up to 100m so getting a few splashes on it won’t be a problem. It also features a stainless steel enclosure with an AR-coated sapphire crystal display.
It comes with a black dial, Arabic numerals in the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and uses index hour markers. The hands in this man’s watch are luminous allowing to easily check the time in low-light settings.
The four symmetrical screw on the corners give this timepiece a distinct iconic masculine look.
Its vintage cockpit looks combined with its quality finish makes it one of the best men’s watches on our list.
- Slim design at 11 mm thick
- Legible Arabic numerals typography
- Its relatively expensive
Mont Blanc 1858 Blue Dial Blue Leather Men’s Watch
The Mont Blanc 1858 man’s writ watch was made for the elegant and stylish man with its blue hue dial.
The design and specifications of the watch make it perfect for going from the boardroom to the dinner table with its simple and clean curved edges.
It features a stainless steel bezel surrounding a scratch-resistant sapphire display. The dial is blue and utilizes easy to read Arabic numerals typography with minute markers on the outer rim of the watch and sub dial on the 6 o’clock position.
The Mont Blanc men’s watch has blue alligator leather with buckle that makes for a snug fit. Unfortunately, its water resistant for up to 30m or 100 ft.
Only which will be okay with a few splashes but I wouldn’t recommend taking it for a swim.
- Easy to read Arabic numerals typography
- Scratch-resistant sapphire display
- Water resistant for up to 30 m
Jaeger LeCoultre Ultra-thin watch
The Jaeger LeCoultre is our next luxury watch coming from a Swiss Watchmaker known for its refined taste and high quality designs.
Having started in 1833, Jaeger LeCoultre has set itself apart as a premium men’s watch maker for the man with exquisite taste.
From its stylish curves to its Ultra-thin design, the Jaeger LeCoultre Ultra-thin moon 39 is a high-fashion masterpiece with a clean and minimalistic design.
On first glance, you notice the off-clam color, the silver hour markers, silver hour and minute hands and the contrasting blue second hand.
With a 39 mm case diameter and only 4.9mm thick, this timepiece is as sleek as it is thin. You’ll also be able to keep up with the different phases of the moon as time goes on thanks to the calendar date sub dial at the 6 o’clock position.
Built for the subtle man who appreciates the finer things in life, the Jaeger LeCoultre is without a doubt one of the best luxury men’s watches on our list.
- Ultra-thin design
- Calendar date recorder with a moon phase tracker
- 39 mm case diameter feels a tad bit small
Rolex Yacht Master II Men’s Watch
Most people know Rolex as one of the best known brands, renowned for their luxury watches and the Yacht Master II men’s watch is no exception.
However, what most people don’t know is that while Rolex is recognized by many as a Swiss brand, the company was actually started in England back in 1905.
The company originally sourced their watch components from Switzerland before rebranding to Rolex in 1908 and then moved to Switzerland in 1919 to avoid the exorbitant wartime taxes.
Since its inception, Rolex has continued to create timeless timepieces true to their sophisticated masculine brand.
The Rolex Yacht-Master II isn’t your everyday man’s watch but an accessory for the powerful self-confident successful man.
The Yacht-Master II line was first debut back in 2007, featuring a 44mm stainless steel bezel.
Like every other Rolex watch, the Yacht-Master II men’s watch also incorporates some gold finishes. It comes with 18k gold hour markers in its analog display which contrasts nicely with the white dial and blue scratch-resistance cerachrom bezel.
- 44 mm case diameter
- 18k gold hour markers are an excellent touch
- Pricey, but it’s a Rolex
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton
The Maurice LaCroix chronograph skeleton is a masterpiece of meticulous designs and intricate engineering making it a top contender in our best watches for men round up.
It’s without a doubt a one of a kind skeletonized timepiece for those who want to appreciate the mechanics of a traditional watch.
As great as it is to view the movement mechanism of your skeletonized watch in all its mechanical glory, there are couple of downsides that come with it as well.
In full-fledged skeletonized watches like Maurice LaCroix there is some loss of the classical style and elegance of a traditional watch and legibility.
It comes with 43 mm stainless steel bezel with a glare proof sapphire crystal display. Through this display, you’ll be able to view the automatic self-winding movement mechanism of a watch.
You’ll also be able to see the wheels, disks and bridges powering this 30-minute chronometer. And consistent with Maurice LaCroix brand’s signature, you’ll notice the “Grand Colimacon” finish as well.
Overall, the Maurice LaCroix line has some great looking and unique timepieces earning their spot on our best men’s watches review.
- Beautifully crafted skeletonized design
- Transparent back case
- The skeletonized design- it isn’t for everyone
Longines Black Dial HydroConquest Automatic
The Black Dial HydroConquest self-winding watch comes from that has been in the watchmaking business for nearly two centuries; Longines.
Being a world-renowned luxury watch brand, Longines watches are true depictions of pure Swiss watchmaking brilliance and ingenuity.
And the Longines Black Dial Hydro Conquest automatic watch is no exception.
Featuring solid steel on steel design with a rotating bi-directional blue aluminum bezel; the Black Dial HydroConquest is a beautifully constructed men’s watch with an incredible style.
It comes with a 41 mm case diameter which is wide enough to allow you to quickly check the time. While the Longines black dial isn’t the thinnest watch in our list, it is estimated to be 12 mm thick which is close enough.
Boasting a water resistance capacity of up to 300 meters, it does a great job of brushing off splashes of water.
And like most of the other watches in the series, the Longines black dial was primarily built for water-related activities including diving.
The black dial Longines HydroConquest self-winding watch is truly a one of a kind piece. There are very few luxury watches that hit the sweet spot between quality, function and affordability like this best men’s watch.
- Water resistant for up to 300 meters
- Thin design with at 12 mm wide
- Bidirectional rotating aluminum bezel
Top 3 Tips for buying a watch Online
A man’s wristwatch is more than just an accessory but a clear depiction of his tastes and the image he wishes to project.
It’s more than just a convenient way of telling time, and from the prices we’ve seen, selecting the wrong one could cost you a pretty penny.
To that end, we decided to share a few tips and tricks to choosing the best men’s watch.
#1 Read up on the available styles for watches
There are a variety of watch styles on the market, from dress watches designed to complement a suit or formal outfit, to rugged field watches designed to handle abuse.
Picking the right watch style depends on a lot of things, from your personal styles to your occupation.
Knowing the styles available first hand could make all the difference in your final decision.
#2 Determine its value
By value, we don’t mean the price but its sentimental value to you.
While having a budget is a great idea to limit your spending habits, the same doesn’t necessarily apply to buying a watch.
It’s better to get something slightly above your budget if it means you get better quality.
#3 Do your due diligence
As much as the internet has opened up new avenues for renowned watch retailers, it has also created opportunities for unscrupulous individuals.
We recommend you do your due diligence before making any purchase online.
This means checking the retailers’ reputation, their social media activity, customer reviews, buyer protection policies etc.
And that does it for our review on the best men’s watches.